The Browns don’t expect quarterback Johnny Manziel to drop the football and pick up a bat anytime soon.
Manziel was drafted last week by the San Diego Padres, a selection that shocked Cleveland coach Mike Pettine, who said he didn’t even know his well-known rookie had a background in baseball.
"My first question was I didn’t really even realize that he played baseball," Pettine said after practice Wednesday. "I think it was back in high school, and I didn’t even get a chance to talk to him about it."
Pettine received a text informing him Manziel had been picked in the 28th round — the 837th player taken — by the Padres, but didn’t give it much thought. Manziel did play baseball at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, and he considered playing at Texas A&M before focusing on football.
Manziel had some history with the Padres. He visited the club in 2013 when he was in San Diego working with a quarterbacks coach.
"He certainly loves baseball," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said last week. "We kind of talked about it at that time, `Do you want us to draft you?’ He said, `Yeah, absolutely.’"
Pettine was asked if he thought the Padres’ move is a publicity stunt.
"I don’t know," he said. "When I heard it, somebody texted me about it, and I didn’t think it was that big of a deal because the kid’s die-hard football. It was a bit of a surprise."
Pettine is keeping Manziel, who was selected with the No. 22 overall pick in last month’s NFL draft, off limits to the media this week during minicamp, but he offered a reaction on behalf of the 21-year-old to being drafted.
"I’ll answer for him," Pettine said, smiling. "He’s football through and through."